Dorotha Lawlor, 87 and a longtime resident of Kosciusko County, passed away quietly at Grace Village Retirement Community in Winona Lake at 9:07 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021.
Born Dorotha Jean Siverd on April 5, 1934, in Green Township, Penn. Dolly, as most knew her, spent her formative years in eastern Pennsylvania. She was a 1952 graduate of Green Township High School and was married to the love of her life, Lawrence “Larry” Lawlor, on Aug. 15, 1953, in Commodore, Penn.; shortly after, the pair moved to Winona Lake. It was in Warsaw they lived and raised their children.
Dolly was a talented seamstress and a kind, genuine person. She was a longtime member of Fellowship Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, and served as an AWANA leader. She was an amazingly creative cook and an avid reader. Dolly enjoyed hosting, serving and corresponding with missionaries around the world. More than anything else, Dolly cherished her family and made many lifetime friends because of her open heart. To know her was to love her. She loved the Lord Jesus Christ with her whole heart and shared her faith in word and deed.
Surviving with memories to cherish are six children: Debbie (Gary) Sutton of Carmel, David (Sally) Lawlor of Warsaw; Stephen (Esther) Lawlor of Warsaw; Becki (Scott) Holladay of Warsaw; Larry (Cheryl) Lawlor of Fishers; and Laurie (Joel) Harms of Fort Wayne. Also surviving are her sister Peggy (Ed) Walters of Cleveland, Ohio; 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, soon to be 11.
Dolly was preceded in passing by her husband Larry, who died Jan. 21, and by three siblings: brother, Boardman Siverd; infant brother, Merwin Siverd and sister, Avonell Weston.
Titus Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2000 East Sheridan Street, Warsaw, is assisting the family. Due to the current state of the health crisis plaguing our communities, private services will be held. A memorial service for friends and family is in the planning stages; it will be held at a safer time. If you would like to share a special memory or have a story you’d like to share with the family, you may send it to [email protected] A private burial will take place at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the following: College Park Church (in memo line designate Marcel Fund Ministries) and send to College Park Church c/o Jevne Livengood, 2606 West 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46268 (ministry to elderly in Ukraine-Debbie) Campus Outreach (memo line Luke Holladay), PO Box 17100, Indianapolis, IN 46217 or any mission agency of your choice.